Our guest in the upcoming episode of the Crime Cafe podcast will be crime writer Michael Hearns.

Michael’s long career in law enforcement has provided plenty of inspiration for his Cade Taylor series.

Along with his guest post, he’s offering a free copy of his debut novel, TRUST NO ONE. Read on for details.

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To enter the giveaway, just follow Michael Hearns on Instagram and “like” the Crime Cafe posting on Michael Hearns’ Instagram page. It’s that easy!! Winner will be announced soon. Here is the link:  https://www.instagram.com/michaelhearns/

“They say, ‘Write what you know’ and that’s exactly what Michael Hearns has done. He knows Miami, murder and money laundering. This story is so authentic and vivid, I recognize Miami on every page — you can practically smell the cigars and Cafecito. This debut heralds the arrival of another great author in my favorite literary genre.”
— Billy CorbenProducer/Director “Cocaine Cowboys.”

Vice Intelligence Narcotics (VIN) undercover Detective Cade Taylor knows the sultry streets and complex underground of Miami better than he knows himself, and definitely better than anyone knows him. But when the underground bursts into the forefront of Cade’s life with inexplicable murders of cocaine money launderers connected to Cade, he must resort to his knowledge of the crime world to keep alive.

Driven to emotional exile by his divorce and the secretive VIN unit he excels in, Cade isn’t accustomed to being the center of attention. Leading a “normal” life isn’t in the cards for him. He spends as much time awash in cocaine and money laundering as he does relishing the decadence and glamour of the city. Secretly investigating if he’s being set up as a murderer or if he’s next on the hit list, Cade races against the clock through Miami, while trying to protect the confidential secrets of the clandestine drug world he lives in—not an easy feat when keeping his own secrets.

Digging deep into the crime world he spends his life disassembling from the inside, Cade finds that the palm shaded streets of Miami hide more than money laundering, drug trafficking, and double lives—and that the answers he needs don’t always shine in the sunlight.


Michael Hearns is a Miami native and a former 27-year veteran South Florida police officer and detective. He spent a decade of his career undercover, investigating large-scale cocaine trafficking and high-volume money laundering cases. He was cross-designated with multiple police and federal agencies, and he is a certified DEA instructor. He has a master’s degree in Investigative Criminal Psychology. He has worked and consulted on multiple serial offender homicide cases. Since retiring from law enforcement, his experience and knowledge are highly valued as a technical advisor for motion pictures and television. He is a movie producer and an adjunct professor at multiple universities within the United States. As the author of the Cade Taylor series of books, Michael Hearns has created a complete new genre in the detective fiction realm: Dark Tropics.


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